2013 International Conference on Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine

I'm attending the 2013 ICHNFM this week.  It started on Wednesday and I'm loving it.


It is organized by Dr Alex Vasquez - and I tell you - it is really well organized.  I am very impressed.

There have been some great speakers already and more to come.

Wednesday was focusing on Functional Medicine and a Functional Inflammology Protocol, plus integrative pharmacology.  Today it was all about the brain and how to nourish the brain  - including gluten sensitivity and the brain, and Type 3 Diabetes aka Alzheimers disease.  Fascinating stuff.

Tomorrow brings a day on mitchondrial function and what nutrition makes our mitochondria work better.

They are long intense days - so I'm glad to have nothing to do afterwards but go back to my little house that I'm renting and relax.

Roll on the next 3 days :-D  I'm a happy student.
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An apple a day......(Part 2)

can keep some people 'going' all day!

Photo by Artnow314
Yes, while yesterday's blog post extolled the virtues of apples, as we all know, not one "size" fits all and we are all individual.  And so it is with apples. 

If you have fructose malabsorption, sadly, it is best that you avoid apples.  Fructose malabsorption is a condition where an individual cannot properly digest the sugar fructose in their small intestine.  Undigested fructose then gets carried into the large intestine - the colon, where our normal bacteria break it down and use it as their food source.  In the process of them digesting the fructose, the bacteria produce different gases which can cause the intestine to swell.  At this stage, a person with fructose malabsorption may well experience bloating, cramping, gas and distension, and then this can be followed by diarrhea.



These symptoms are similar to those experienced by people with celiac disease, and also those who are lactose intolerant and thus it is frequently difficult figure out what is going on and what is causing the problem. Fructose intolerance is also often seen in those WITH celiac disease and lactose intolerance too.  It is also seen in those with irritable bowel syndrome. 

It is actually the ratio of fructose:glucose in foods that is the issue with fructose malabsorption, as glucose helps absorption of fructose. So those foods with a high fructose:glucose ratio are the ones that you should avoid if you have fructose malabsorption. These include:
  • apples, pears, melons, mangoes, peaches
  • sweeteners such as honey, sugar, fructose, high fructose corn syrup, fruit juice concentrate
  • foods high in fructans such as onion family, artichokes, asparagus, inulin and fructo-oligosacharrides
  • grains including wheat, rye and barley


So while apples are generally seen to help with diarrhea, if you have fructose malabsorption, then they can actually cause diarrhea.

It is important to work with your doctor or health care practitioner if you are having chronic diarrhea and other digestive issues, as the symptoms share a lot of cross over with other issues.  There is a test for fructose malabsorption - a hydrogen breath test - but it is a relatively new test and not offered by all docs.

Remember - we are all different and have different needs. 

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Making Oat Milk

If you are giving up dairy, here's an easy way to make your own non-dairy milk using oats. In this case, I used gluten free oats.

Soak one cup of oats in water overnight. Pour enough water to cover the oats.

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The oats will swell up to at least 1 1/2 cups. After soaking, drain and rinse the oats.

Place them in a blender with 3 cups of water and blend for a minute or so. I used my vitamix so it was very quick. For less powerful models, you may need to blend for a couple of minutes.

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Pour the milk into a nut bag and collect the yummy healthy milk.

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You will get about 4 cups of oat milk. Keep this in the fridge and use it within a week, on your morning cereal and in cooking. It is versatile as the oats don't give a strong overpowering flavor.

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Here is a photo of this morning's breakfast - my puffed brown rice cereal, with raspberries, bananas and home made gluten free oat milk.

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If you prefer a thicker, creamier consistency, just reduce the amount of water your add to the blender.

I'll be back with other non dairy milk recipes soon. Hope you give it a try.
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